Moving onto a PhD
Some of you may be interested in continuing with your studies and pursuing a research degree – i.e. a PhD. A PhD is a process of independent research that does not just result in a qualification for you (the highest degree in academia!) it also produces significant and original knowledge in your chosen area.
A PhD typically takes 3 - 4 years of full time study or 5 - 7 years part-time. You must be motivated, and have a strong interest in a research area to undertake a PhD. If you enjoyed the independent research you did for your undergraduate or during your MSc then you will likely enjoy the longer research period of a PhD.
We invite applications from students wishing to do a PhD at the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies. You may be interested in looking at the PhD projects of some of our current students here and here.
Advertised projects- PhD projects that have already received funding and where the project aims have been defined and are advertised on the host university's website or other academic job websites (e.g. Find a PhD or jobs.ac.uk). You will normally apply directly to the institution using their application system.
Self-proposed projects - You may not find PhDs of interest advertised or you may have a clear idea of what area you would like to research. In this case, you should identify which universities conduct research in your areas of interest and contact relevant academics to discuss your ideas. You will have flexibility to pick your own topic, but your ideas need to fit within the ideas and interests of the academics. Please see more details on how to apply for a PhD at Bradford University here: https://www.bradford.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/apply/.
Studentships from Funding bodies: Studentships can guarantee either a partially or fully-funded PhD. They are most commonly awarded by:
- Charitable organisatisation – a number of charitable organisations, foundations and trusts can help fund PhDs, including: the Wellcome Trust, Alzheimer’s Society or the Leverhulme Trust.
- White Rose DTP: The of University is part of the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership. If you have project idea we would be happy to work with you to submit a studentiship application.
- Postgraduate Loan: The UK government is offering loans up to £25,700 for new postgraduate doctoral research students. Check the application criteria to ensure you are eligible.
There are other organisations awarding PhD scholarships, and new funding opportunities may come about. The application process can be lengthy, and competition is fierce – If you are interested in completing a PhD with us then we may support you in finding the right funding or guiding you on how to write a strong application that may improve your chances of success!
- Lindsey Collins: Understanding the eating and drinking experiences of people living with dementia and dysphagia in care homes. Supervisors: Prof Jan Oyebode and Dr Andrew Hart
- Saba Shafiq: Using the self-regulatory model to explore cultural understandings of dementia in African Caribbean and Irish communities. Supervisors: Prof Jan Oyebode and Dr Sahdia Parveen
- Wendy Andrusjak: Hearing and sight loss in care home residents. Supervisors: Prof Gail Mountain and Dr Ana Barbosa
- Oladayo Bifarin: Support needs of carers of older relatives in China in light of the one-child policy. Supervisors: Prof Jan Oyebode, Dr Catherine Quinn, Dr Liz Breen
- Shabana Shafiq: Barriers and facilitators for south Asian families in accessing support when a relative is living with frailty. Supervisors: Dr Sahdia Parveen, Dr Mel Cooper and Dr Becca Hawkins
- Jiayen Eng: Care home staff wellbeing. Supervisors: Dr Ana Barbosa, Prof Murna Downs
- Jennifer Addams: Admissions assessment and improved health care in care homes. Supervisors: Prof Murna Downs and Prof Gail Mountain
- Alison Ellwood: Co-morbididity and physical frailty. Supervisors: Prof Gail Mountain, Dr Catherine Quinn and Dr Tizzy Teale (BIHR)
- Sarra Blackman: Impact of pain on cognitive functioning. Supervisors: Dr Sahdia Parveen and Prof Catriona Morrison